- Apr 17, 2021
Two major developments on the Theodore McCarrick saga neatly capture unanswered questions about accountability.
The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis’s comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis’s claim that he didn’t remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick’s penchant for sleeping with seminarians.
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis came as close as he ever may to explaining the spiritual logic for his refusal to engage his critics.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has aspired for more than a decade to be the great Vatican whistleblower, but he may actually have made it more difficult for U.S. bishops to pressure the Vatican to reveal what it knows in the Theodore McCarrick case.
Will the pope’s sex abuse summit produce real results, or is it the usual bella figura of the Roman bureaucracy?
In a widely expected yet still dramatic move, the Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has approved the removal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state, colloquially known as “laicization” or “defrocking.”
The retired Vatican diplomat who accused Pope Francis of turning a blind eye to the alleged sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is begging the American to publicly repent for his crimes for the good of the Catholic Church.
The list of actions and speeches from the pope that caused shock waves in 2018 was never-ending.